Under the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015, each local authority will have to compile a register of lands in its area that are suitable for housing but are not coming forward for development. On January 1st 2017, these registers were established and a vacant site levy will be charged from January 2019 onwards.
What is a Vacant Site?
The Urban Regeneration and Housing Act defines a vacant site as any land where:
- In the case of residential land, there is a need for housing in the area, the site is suitable for housing and the majority of the site has not been in use (i.e. vacant) for an extended period of time
- In the case of regeneration land, the majority of the site has not been in use (i.e. vacant) for an extended period of time and where the fact that the site being vacant is having a negative impact on existing amenities or on the character of the area.
An identified vacant site can be entered onto the register when the local authority is of the opinion that it has been vacant for a minimum of 12 months preceding its entry on the register.
What is Residential Land?
This is land where the zoning objective on the land is mainly for residential use.
In the South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016-2022, this is lands zoned Objective RES and RES-N.
What is Regeneration Land?
This is land within areas where the Planning Authority has an objective to development and renew areas in need of regeneration.
In the South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016-2022, this refers lands zoned Objective REGEN (regeneration), TC (town centre), DC (District Centre), VC (village centre) and LC (local centre).
What happens next?
On January 1st 2017, South Dublin County Council established a Vacant Sites Register which aims to identify sites within the County on housing or regeneration lands suitable for housing but not coming forward for development.
South Dublin County Council continues to carry out a detailed assessment of all potential vacant sites in the County. This assessment involves correspondence with the relevant landowners at various stages throughout the review process.
What information can be found on the Vacant Sites Register?
As set out in Section 8 of the Urban and Regeneration Housing Act 2015, each vacant site placed on the Register will include the following information:
- A description (including a map)
- Where the site comprises registered land, the folio details;
- The name and address of the owner;
- Particulars of the market value of the site; and
- Such other information referred to in the Act that the Minister may prescribe.
Additional information in relation to dates and location will also be provided for ease of reference.
Where can I find out what Vacant Sites there are in South Dublin County?
The Vacant Sites Register is available for inspection at the County Hall Planning Counter during normal opening hours. A spread sheet of the sites is included below.
For ease of reference, an on-line map viewer is currently being developed and will be available in the near future.